It seems that during the holiday season, more than any other time of year, our thoughts turn to special memories. That’s probably completely normal. It’s also probably normal for many of those memories to be happy and a few to be sad. It’s important for us to remember the people who had such an influence on us, who are a big part of who we turned out to be.
I love to look back over pictures of Christmas as a child, the houses where we used to live, my hair in a pigtail, wearing a romper, practicing those piano scales. Those were simpler times–before life became busy and complicated.
This year as we find our self in the midst of Thanksgiving meals and Christmas celebrations, maybe it would be good if each day we tried to focus our mind on one happy memory–something that can remind us that life is good, and God is on our side, and people care about one another.
What about it? Do you have a happy memory from past holiday seasons? Care to share? I draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you an autographed paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Our last winner was Janet E.
Announcements for this week:
- My complete Amish Village Mystery series on sale in the Amazon store for $5.99. That’s 3 books for under $6.
- I have my Christmas Giveaway up via Rafflecopter. Check out the details on my main page.
- My Pebble Creek series is also on sale for $2.99 each for all 3 e-books ($8.97 for the series).
- Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret are two new clean romantic suspense novels–available soon. Details here.
Defending America Series
I’m crazy excited to announce that I have two new books up for pre-order. Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret are fast paced, suspense-filled, emotionally-driven books that are clean and wholesome. There’s no foul language, no adult scenes, just good clean fiction. If you’ve read my books Hidden or Protected, they are very similar to those books.
Because I’m publishing these books independently, I’m able to control the price. I’ve always hated that books pre-order for full price (say $9.99), and then go on sale later. I feel like the people who are my faithful readers should receive the best price. So I’m reversing that trend. I’m starting at 99 cents, then in a week it will go up to $1.99, then $2.99 and it will finally settle out at $3.99. It will never be higher than that! These titles will also be available in Kindle Unlimited (so if you have that service, WAIT until release day and you can read for free).
So why the switch to Clean & Wholesome fiction? It’s not really a switch. I’m publishing these two books hoping that I can increase my readership and that my writing will cause new readers to try Christian fiction. Of course, I hope my old readers will enjoy these books as well. But to assure you, there are plenty of Christian books and Amish books coming out in the near future (Who the Bishop Knows releases March 1).
I will say that these are some of the favorite characters I’ve ever written. Aiden and Madison (Coyote’s Revenge) are like family to me–it’s as if I’ve lived their experiences. Okay, I did hike some in Glacier, but that’s as close to danger as I managed to go. Dean and Lucy (Roswell’s Secret), well I think they’re the most romantic love story I’ve ever written. If you believe love can bloom in the most dangerous of situations, then you might agree with me! Thank you for joining me in this journey to broaden my reader base. I appreciate each one of you.
Leave a comment to be entered for a $10 Amazon certificate. Let me know what you think about these new releases, or you can just tell me if you’ve ever visited Montana or New Mexicao.
Announcements for this week:
8 Favorite Foods
Writers spend a lot of time alone. It’s part of the job! The only way you can think through your characters, straighten up your plot, and write the book that God has given you to write is to go into your office and get it done.
But I like learning about my readers. I like meeting people and finding out interesting things about them. This week, let’s talk food.
I have some favorite food categories–like chocolate. Isn’t that a food group? That and coffee! So I thought I’d share 8 of my Continue reading
Why bother going to a conference?
Authors spend a lot of money to attend conferences. As a teacher, I did the same thing but the school district paid for it. When an author goes to a conference, they pay all expenses. So is it worth it? Why bother? The answer to that depends where you are in your writing career. I attended the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas last week for several reasons.
1. I wanted to meet up with my agent. Steve Laube is based out of Phoenix, AZ, so we don’t get to see each other much. Conference is a good time to touch base, discuss upcoming contracts, and talk about baseball cards. (Wait–that was Steve and my husband who talked Continue reading
It’s In the Bag
What better way to get to know each other than to dump out the contents of our handbag. (If you’re a man reading this blog–think of your wallet and your pockets and the front seat Continue reading
New Release–When the Bishop Needs an Alibi
I’m thrilled to announce the release of book 2 in my Amish Bishop series. When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is now available in stores everywhere.
Hopefully you’ve read What the Bishop Saw and met Henry Lapp. Henry is the best of all the pastors I’ve known. He’s wise and kind and friendly. He cares about his flock. He loves doing Continue reading
Things I Love to Do
I think the title of this blog is funny, because I don’t really feel guilty about the things that I enjoy. I’ve come to believe that “self care” is really important. It helps us to keep a positive clear outlook on life. It helps us to be the kind of people we should be–generous, kind, optimistic. It helps us to see God’s hand gently guiding our lives. Taking care of Continue reading
VC with Grandma Andrews
Memories from a Long, Long Time Ago
What’s your earliest childhood memory? I have a hard time with that question. Often I can’t decide if I actually remember something, or if I’ve been told about it so many times that I think I Continue reading
Research behind Light of Dawn
The third and final book in my remnant series released a few days ago. Today I want to share with you some of the research that went into that book. I’ll admit, it was a real hoot to write, and the things I learned? Well they give me a lot of optimism about Continue reading
Most writers have a tag line. It’s something we put on our website, our business cards, our social media pages…anywhere we can fit it. It’s something that is supposed to describe not just Continue reading